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10 Lessons Pablo Picasso Can Teach You

Pablo Picasso was one of the most prolific, creative, and inspirational artists who has ever lived. Here is a man who created his own destiny — who …

Hyperrealistic Sculptures Make Clay Look Like Wooden Humans

Using clay and paint, sculptor Chris White makes fantastical sculptures that resemble the ancient bristlecone pines of California.<p>Ceramics and wood are two vastly different materials and artistic mediums, but the Virginia-based sculptor Chris White uses clay's highly malleable properties to mimic …

[Exclusive] 5 Artists Reimagine '1984' for Modern Times

George Orwell's sci-fi classic is more popular than ever. Here's how artists relate to the book's increasingly relevant ideas:<p>Dystopia is in the air. Is it really any surprise that George Orwell's tale of a futuristic authoritarian state, <i>1984</i>, is on Amazon's bestseller list? In a time in which …

Fingerprint Portraits of Serial Killers Are a Pointillist's Nightmare

Maciej Toporowicz channels a fascination with popular culture, violence, and death into haunting works of art.<p>Faces materialize out of a cloud of inky smudges on white paper, like figures emerging from thick fog. They appear slightly out of focus, like fragments remembered from a dream. An icy …

The $20 Million Heist at the Biggest Party in the World

In 2006, thieves took advantage of the bustle of the Rio Carnival, stealing five major works of art from a museum and ending up on the FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes list.<p>As anyone who has ever watched a good art heist flick knows, the key is in the planning. First, you need to assemble a trustworthy …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Overshadowed by Rodin, but his lover wins acclaim at last

Camille Claudel, tragic model and muse, gets the recognition she sought as a great sculptor<p>France is finally recognising the talent of the 19th-century sculptor Camille Claudel with the first national museum dedicated to her. It opens next month in Nogent-sur-Seine, 100km south-east of Paris, …

Art

'Yolocaust' artist provokes debate over commemorating Germany's past

Berlin-based Israeli satirist Shahak Shapira launches art project juxtaposing selfies of people at memorial with archive footage from concentration camps<p>Tucked away between the neoclassical pomp of the Brandenburg Gate and the lush greenery of Berlin’s largest inner-city park, the austere Holocaust …

Germany

'War On Women' Protest Signs Don’t Sugarcoat Gender Inequality

“Is the wage gap not big enough for your ego?”<p>In an effort to organize counter-programming during President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities, a bevy of bands big and small will perform protest concerts benefiting organizations such as Planned Parenthood this weekend.<p>One such group, a …

Feminism

A Vengeful Arch-Nemesis Taught You Fake News About Edgar Allan Poe

Pray your worst enemy doesn't fabricate terrible things about you that then stick into history.<p>This is a true story about fabrications that improbably became common knowledge. The protagonist is a poet whose name you’ll recognize, but whose life is still widely mischaracterized. It would have been …

Literature

Why This Couple Gave Away Their Priceless Art Collection to All 50 States | #50StatesofArt

The Herb and Dorothy Vogel Story: How two NYC public servants amassed one of the country’s most important art collections.<p>In 2008, disseminated 2,500 prestigious and valuable works of contemporary art across the country. Each state received 50 of them. Ruth Fine, lead curator at the time for The …

'Saving Banksy' investigates the tension between the ethos of street art and a desire to preserve it

The road to hell, the saying goes, is paved with the best of intentions, and that is very much the case with the complex art world conundrum explored in the lively, involving documentary “Saving Banksy.”<p>At first glance, Banksy would seem to be the last person who would need any kind of saving. The …

New Netflix documentary series spotlights the work of 8 global designers

Featuring an architect, sneaker designer, and a photographer<p>Calling all design-nerds: There’s a new design documentary in town, and judging by the trailer, it looks like it’ll be just as sleek and pleasing to behold as some of your favorite products.<p>Created by Wired magazine editor-in-chief Scott …

Mithat Alam obituary: Turkey’s greatest cinephile? | Sight & Sound

The name of Mithat Alam, the most devoted cinephile I have met in my life, was trending on Turkish Twitter on one Monday in December. In a …

Mesmerizing GIFs Illustrate the Art of Traditional Japanese Wood Joinery — All Done Without Screws, Nails, or Glue

This 101-Year-Old Latina Artist Has Been Fighting Sexism Her Entire Career

At 101 years old, <b>Carmen Herrera</b>'s abstract paintings are finally getting the attention of the art world's sexist gatekeepers, and the <i>cubana</i>, like the rest of us, thinks it has been way past due.<p>After half a century dedicated to her passion and skill, the Havana-born artist sold her first painting …

Meet The Others: Aleta Lederwasch

The Game Changers. The Rule Breakers. The Innovators. Discover <b>some of the fantastic emerging talent showcasing their work at The Other Art Fair.</b><p>Aleta …

100 Days of Fascinating Black, White, and Bloody GIF Art

Min Liu's tricolored cel animations range from the disturbing to the enrapturing.<p><i>Bloody Dairy</i> is a series of 100 clever, mesmerizing, and occasionally fucked up GIFs by Taiwanese animator Min Liu, now based in New York. To sharpen her skill as a music video and ad animator, Liu embarked on a …

Considering the Ankara Assassination Photos As History Painting

I’ve never seen anything like the photographs by Burhan Ozbilici* of the assassination of the Russian ambassador at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey. …

Bold, brilliant Indigenous Australian women's art – in pictures

A new exhibition at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria puts the work of female Indigenous artists front and centre. With more than 200 pieces by 118 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, Who’s Afraid of Colour? features paintings, installations, sculpture and textural work from some of …

Australia

Street Artist Turns Walls Into Melting Optical Illusions

Argentinian street artist Felipe Pantone splashes his psychedelic wallpapers on city walls.<p>Immersive murals juxtapose chessboard grids with ribbons of saturated color. The divisions between geometric patterns and gradients are so effortlessly blended that the larger patterns seem created wth …

A Modern-Day Cubist Examines Warped Beauty in His Murals

Muralist deconstructs the human visage with street-wise surrealism.<p>A graffiti artist decorates the surfaces of walls with surreal portraits of human faces, broken down and emphasized in abstract shapes. Each surreal piece blends sharp lines against lively, expressive eyes staring from creamy …

Wild, Multilayered Portraits Look Like Intricate Paper Sculptures

These digital illustrations are actual dimensional renderings with a tactile textured aesthetic.<p>Mixing 3D modeling with carefully applied shadows, Maxim Shkret’s digital creations evoke densely layered paper sculptures. His 3D digital illustrations range from renderings of animals to figures, …

This Short Animation Will Make You Quit Your Job

Move over Dilbert, there's a sick and twisted office reality to be explored.<p>Screencaps via<p>Move over Dilbert, this film is about to make your existence petty. Handpainted with watercolors, an emotive seven-minute animated short titled <i>El Empleo</i> (“The Employment”) bizarrely captures contemporary …

Meet the Self-Taught Curator Selling Art Without a Gallery

ArtSFBlog founder Pablo de Pinho gave us the secret to finding your niche in a seemingly-impenetrable art market.<p>It’s been nearly three years since artist, musician, and curator Pablo de Pinho launched his online art gallery ArtSFBlog. Since then, the company has sold art to buyers from San …

Why this artist flashes her vagina in museums and galleries

With a Go-Pro on her head, Deborah de Robertis has notoriously stripped off inside the Musée d'Orsay twice before being arrested. She tells us why it’s about more than exhibitionism<p>As Deborah de Robertis walked into the prestigious Musée d'Orsay in Paris, threw off her coat and exposed her naked …

Election Riot at CoventryJames Pollard (1792–1867) (attributed to)Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Election Riot at Coventry<p>James Pollard (1792–1867) (attributed to)<p>Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Surreal Painted Postcards from a Post-Apocalyptic World

A surreal post-apocalyptic wasteland of skeletons and flying sharks composes a group show at Modern Eden Gallery.<p>An unconventional scene depicting flying swordfish reeled in by the bony hands of skeleton fishermen is filled with stringent detail by Sandra Yagi, one of four artists brought together …

Contemporary Istanbul Tests Turkish Market Rocked by Terrorism and Coup Attempt

Contemporary Istanbul, 2016. Image courtesy of the fair.Over its 11-year history, Contemporary Istanbul (CI) has experienced the ebbs and flows of …

Turkey

Waiter knocks thumb off Roman sculpture at British Museum

<b>A waiter working at the British Museum knocked the thumb off a priceless Roman sculpture, it has emerged.</b><p>The accident occurred in December last year, according to The Art Newspaper, but has only just come to light.<p>The waiter, who was from an external company, had bent down underneath the Townley …